Silk is an unlikely textile fiber, pulled in a long, unbroken strand from the cocoon of an unremarkable moth. The moth's caterpillar — better known as a silkworm — spins the cocoon for protection during metamorphosis from larva to adult. With a lot of help from humans, the fiber goes through a metamorphosis of its own and is transformed into fabrics of exceptional beauty and luster. This award-winning book explains how it is done, with clear, uncomplicated language and more than 300 color photos and illustrations.
Winner, 2019 Eric Hoffer Awards, E-Book Nonfiction
Grand Prize Short List, 2019 Eric Hoffer Awards
Gold medalist, 2018 eLit Awards, Best Reference Book
Gold medalist, 2018 eLit Awards, Best How-To Book (Crafts/Hobby/Industrial Arts)
Silver medalist, 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Best E-Book Design
Julie Parker is a former newspaper editor turned fabric junkie. She collects fibers and fabrics from around the world and has a special passion for explaining textile nuances to aspiring garment designers. Her Fabric Reference Series has been used by leading universities to teach students of textiles and apparel design, including Parsons The New School of Design in New York.
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Terrific book about a fascinating subject, with lots of relevant photos to help explain the technical details. The writing is clear and easy to follow. I was going to swipe through the chapters and look at the photos, but I started reading and couldn’t stop.
A well-written interactive book that details the development and use of silk. Whether you’re a fabric expert or someone just starting to learn about silk, you’ll find this a great addition to your reading list.